Susquehanna Fern Trip

 June 30-July1, 2012

A two-day fern walk; join us for both days or just one. This walk is free and open to the public. Lodging is on your own; bring your bag lunch for each day. Walk rating: easy.

Leader: Tim Draude 717-393-7233

Preferred contact: Joan King

Joan's cell phone # for use of that weekend only: 717-406-9666.

Please provide us with your email address so we can contact you about cancellations.

1st day, June 30, 2012

 Meet at SusquehannaState Park, MD, at 9:30 AM.

We will meet at the Rock Run Mill in Susquehanna State Park at 9:30 AM.

Look for the 'historic interest' icon near the middle of the map.

 Susquehanna State Park is located three miles northwest of Havre de Grace off Route 155 in Harford County, MD. The park is approximately 35 miles north of Baltimore. Take I-95 north or south to Route 155, exit 89. Proceed west on Route 155 to Route 161. Turn right on Route 161 and then right on Rock Run Road. Follow Rock Run Road to the park.


Rock Run Mill, Rock Run Mansion and the Jersey Toll House are accessible by bearing right onto Quaker Bottom Road and then bearing right onto Rock Run Road. When you come to the "Y" bear right again, staying on Rock Run. Cross over the bridge and the historic buildings are on the right.


The first day we will be in the Susquehanna State Park and look at Dryopteris x leedsii. Dryopteris celsa has been reported there and we will search for it.


There is a hart's tongue fern growing on the wall of the mill where we meet. We can't get close enough to it for a correct identification; possibly it is the European variety.


We will travel to several spots this day and see Lady Fern, Silvery Glade Fern, Fragile Fern (Cystopteris tenuis), Sensitive fern, Ebony Spleenwort, Common Polypody (Polypodium virginianum), Cystopteris bulbifera and the Tennessee Bladder Cystopteris tennesseensis, Asplenium rhizophyllum , Purple Cliff-brake Pellaea atropurpurea, Blunt Lobed Woodsia, the magnificent hybrid Leeds Wood fern, Dryopteris × leedsii, and the rare Lobed Spleenwort, Asplenium pinnatifidum and the more common Mountain Spleenwort, Asplenium montanum, and the rare sterile hybrid of the two,  Trudell’s spleenwort, with a much bigger frond than either parent, and many others.


Last stop of the day, Bald Hill, a serpentine habitat. Adiantum, possibly alueticum. Also Pteridium aquilinum var. pseudocaudatum, southern braken fern.


2nd Day  July 1, 2012


Meet at Dr. Gerald Hudgen's garden, Fern Dell at 10:00.

We will enjoy his four acres of ferns and fern allies; also numerous native and exotic, indigenous and introduced wildflowers, perennials, shrubs, and trees, many of which are rare.


 We will lunch there; bring your own bag lunch.

3115 Woolsey Dr

Churchville, MD 21028





 Follow Rt 136 North for 0.9 mile to Rolling Road

 Turn Right on Rolling Road into Rolling Green Development

Go around “Island” to Stop Sign

 Turn Right onto Whitefield Road

 Follow Whitefield Rd ~ 0.5 mile to Woolsey Drive

 Turn Right onto Woolsey Dr

 Fern Dell is at the 4th Driveway on the Left (Look for the Sign)

 Please Park on the Street


From HDG Follow Rt 155 to Rt 22; turn Right 1 Block to Rt 136

 From Bel Air Follow Rt 22 East to Rt 136 in Churchville

 From Aberdeen Follow Rt 22 West to Rt 136 in Churchville

 From the North Follow Rt 136 South to Rolling Road


From I-95, take Exit 80 at Rt. 543.  Go west on 543 to Rt. 136.

    Turn north on Rt. 136; after crossing Rt. 22, continue 0.9 miles

        To Rolling Rd.